Amaju Pinnick goes spiritual, says Salisu Yusuf needs to be forgiven

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President of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), Amaju Pinnick has called on Nigerians to forgive Super Eagles coach Salisu Yusuf who is currently serving a one-year ban for alleged bribery.

Yusuf, who led the home-based Super Eagles to the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN), was caught on camera allegedly taking $1,000 bribe from men posing as football agents to influence his squad selection for the tournament.

The 65-year old was handed a one-year ban and a fine of $5,000 following an investigation by the NFF Ethics committee.

And Pinnick, who was speaking recently to a local radio station as cited by, stated that Yusuf would return to his post after serving his suspension since he still has a contract with the football body.

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“Salisu Yusuf would come back as the Eagles assistant coach after his suspension. He still has a contract with the NFF,” the NFF boss said.

“It is not that I am supporting Salisu Yusuf for what he did. In life, there is nobody that has not fallen short of anything one way or the other. The coach has realised his mistakes and he needs to be forgiven.

“If God could forgive us for our sins, who are we as human beings not to forgive others.

“In the Bible, Jesus Christ told the people, whoever had not committed sin before should cast the first stone on a woman who committed sin.”

Yusuf has been one of the assistants of coach Gernot Rohr in the national team, and his job would continue to be his’ despite the scandal.


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